Historical Cottage Transformation


Splendid and spacious, this graceful family home has been sympathetically and superbly updated to accommodate the whole family. Set back on the large 641sqm block, the home is a tranquil and elegantly comfortable retreat.

Behind the wings of "The Angel" the colourful front door of the home is sheltered by the character bull nosed verandah, providing picturesque street appeal and hinting of the charm within.

Features include: four large bedrooms, a nursery adjoining the main bedroom, three separate living areas, two spacious bathrooms, enchanting alfresco with pizza oven, lockup garage and carport, a superb powered workshop, solar panels, and energy efficient HWS.

Entering the home is a step through time, with all the historic features intact; high ornate ceilings, feature fire places, sash windows and gleaming Jarrah floors. The thick limestone walls and double glazed windows insulate the home from the world outside. The original ballroom at the front of the home is now a grand dining room alongside the sitting room. Both have all the original classic features of the era, including the Edwardian fireplace surrounds, with a retrofitted gas fireplace providing instant warmth and charm.

Three generous bedrooms complete the original footprint off the central passage, all with high ceilings and distinctive wooden floors.

Moving beyond the original cottage and into the modern extension your immediate impression is of surprised delight - the beautiful vaulted ceilings with exposed brickwork, natural materials and large north facing floor to ceiling windows all add up to an exquisite addition to the home. The extension is sympathetic to the original building, with a modern yet artisanal approach to the architectural style and building materials used.

Set over two storeys, the ground floor features high barrel brick ceilings and expansive north facing windows. The large open plan living and kitchen area is a chef's delight, flowing seamlessly out through bifold doors to the entertainer's alfresco complete with wood fired pizza oven. This is an ideal spot to host a casual gathering of family and friends on those balmy Freo summer nights.

The combined family bathroom and laundry is on this level, with a free standing bath, luxurious shower and plentiful storage.

Ascend the stone stairs to the Parent's Retreat, where you find yet another sitting room with northern and southern windows offering stunning views across Fremantle.

The deluxe main bedroom shares the northern aspect, with walk through "his and hers" wardrobes leading to the modern en suite with another luxurious double shower. A small ante room on this floor could be used as a nursery, a study or a dressing room, you're spoilt for choice.

Outbuildings include an extra length garage and a driveway long enough for a second car to the rear of the home, a covered car port, and a large workshop or studio with power and water to the front. The circular brick drive provides additional parking at the front of the home and there's a swathe of lawn for kids and pets to play.

If walls could talk Mary Dunne Cottage would be a treasure trove of stories to entertain historians and lovers of Fremantle alike. From humble beginnings as a four roomed limestone rubble cottage belonging to 14 year old Mary Dunne in 1869, this home has been transformed over time into a gracious and substantial family home.

Keeping in step with the progress of the port city of Fremantle, the first addition was the imposing Ballroom to the front of the home, added circa 1903, while the latest addition is the double storey extension to the rear of the home, circa 2005.

This historic home has been sympathetically renovated, reinvigorated and extended to provide an idyllic family retreat. There's more than enough room in this gracious home for the family to live, laugh and love your new Fremantle lifestyle.


Cindy Loffell Real Estate Agent

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Christine Majeks Real Estate Agent

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  • Type Residential Sale
  • Price From $1,590,000 to $1,690,000
  • Town Village Southern Suburbs
  • Suburb Fremantle
  • Land Size 641 m2

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